What is a dental emergency?
Patients often wonder whether or not their dental care need qualifies as a "dental emergency". When in doubt, we want you to error on the side of calling our on-call line and getting the attention you need, rather than waiting it out in pain. We always have at least one dentist on call, even on holidays and weekends, so that we can attend to your dental emergencies. If our on-call dentist gets your call, he or she can help you assess whether treatment is needed right away, or how you can address pain or discomfort until treatment can and will be provided. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable enough with us as your dental health provider to let us know what you're dealing with so that we may care for you properly.
Dental emergencies include:
- Broken teeth as a result of an accident or sport-related injury. The earlier treatment is sought, the more likely it is that we can preserve and protect the affected tooth.
- A tooth that's chipped to the point of causing pain or discomfort.
- Any dental pain that keeps you awake or makes eating, drinking or talking uncomfortable.
- Disrupted or broken dental work that results in pain or discomfort that makes sleeping, eating, drinking or getting through your day painful or uncomfortable.
When in doubt, please call. You don't need to worry about "disturbing us". As your on-call dental health care provider, we want to care for you in your time of need.
In case of a dental emergency:
- If you have a dental emergency and call one of our offices, after hours you will be given the choice to leave a message or get in contact with our answering service.
- The answering service will ask you a number of questions to find out what your concerns/problems are.
- If you believe it is an emergency the answering service will then contact the on call doctor.
- The doctor will call you to assess the problem and then you can decide together if you should be seen.